ESSA on target for record number of new members in 2010

17th February 2010

In the first six weeks of 2010, ESSA has received a record number of new

membership applications. If successful, these applications will deliver over 20%

of the ambitious 2010 new member recruitment target in record time. With

enquiries also running at an all time high, the association is set to exit the

recession with the largest membership on record.

ESSA Chairman, Steve

Barratt said: “This is fantastic news, to begin the year in this position shows

that ESSA is doing all the right things. It is delivering value and services

that our members and the industry want and we have not relaxed our standards for

membership or dropped membership fees.”

The association has previously

targeted 25 new members per year. This figure has always provided both modest

growth and replaced members who cease to trade in the year or who have left the

industry. In 2010 the ESSA Board doubled the target in a drive to provide the

members with an even stronger position and parity of voice across the industry.

2010 has already seen members who have left ESSA rejoining and David Wootton of

CMEX Ltd stated on his application form that he has rejoined because “an

increasing number of clients are expecting contractors to be ESSA


“This is a clear indication that exhibitors and customers want

ESSA, because of the peace of mind it delivers and members want real value for

their fees rather than pay, play and hype.” concluded Barratt.